Nearly two years after making his UFC debut, and three and a half years after announcing his UFC deal, former WWE Champion CM Punk had his second UFC fight.
It wasn't Punk's first fight of the week, as he was able to emerge victorious in a legal battle over WWE doctor Chris Amann. But for Punk, his legacy was on the line taking on another winless fighter in Jackson.
In a miserable fight to take in, Mike Jackson controlled the majority of the fight, save a takedown from CM Punk. The result after a peppering on the feet was a 30-26 unanimous decision victory for Mike Jackson. After the fight, Jackson teased participating in Zuffa Boxing.
Joe Rogan planned on speaking to Punk after the fight, but instead, the former pro wrestling superstar left the cage following his opponent without saying a word.
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Round Three: The round begins with Punk taking some swings at Jackson, Punk grabs Jackson and he gets him against the cage wall. Jackson spins Punk into the cage wall while landing some strikes, the fighters briefly separate and Jackson nails Punk with a right. Punk looks for a takedown and Jackson pops him with a left to drop him, Jackson allows Punk to stand back up and Punk swings away at Jackson. Punk attacks Jackson with a knee strike before getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Jackson assaults Punk with rights. Punk drops for a knee bar and Jackson escapes to get top position, Jackson starts attacking Punk with ground and pound. Jackson transitions to side control against Punk before getting back control, Jackson pops Punk with a few more strikes as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Jackson (Final Score: 29-28 for Jackson)
Official Result: Mike Jackson def. CM Punk by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
UFC informed media that after the bout, Punk was taken to the hospital to get a facial CT scan.